Adapted by : Catherine Bush
From the novel by : Alexandre Dumas
Directed by : Robert Hupp
Co-produced with : The Syracuse University Department of Drama
The Show for All
By Hannah Fire, a student at Baldwinsville Central School's C.W. Baker High School
Hannah Fire and a friend at opening night of The Three Musketeers
With a feather in your cap and a sword in your hand, get ready to embark on an adventure that’ll have you sitting on the edge of your seat, laughing until you cry, and begging for an encore. Look out world, here comes Catherine Bush’s adaption of the beloved The Three Musketeers, directed by Robert Hupp.
On September 22nd, I had the chance to see the opening night of The Three Musketeers at Syracuse Stage and it exceeded my expectations. The plot follows Aramis, Athos, and Porthos, the King’s Musketeers and a young man named D’Artagnan who yearns to become a musketeer. Packed with audience interaction, epic sword fighting scenes, and comedy to die for, The Three Musketeers is a show truly made for everyone.
With realistic set designs and effective use of lighting, this show will enthrall audiences of all ages. The intricate designs on the balconies and staircases transport you back to France in the 1600’s. Although the set does not change, you genuinely feel like the actors have switched the set multiple times because of how smoothly the actors transition into new settings. Throughout the show, the lights in the background switch drastically depending on the mood of the scene, which adds another layer to the story and mesmerizes the audience. As the show begins, the characters are cast in warm tones, giving the audience a more light-hearted mood versus the cool tones used in more serious scenes where something sad may be about to occur. The lights in the show express the emotions that sometimes even the characters can’t convey. Through the use of sets and lighting, the audience can tell that every single detail appears to be well thought out.
The element that really steals the show is the comedic aspect. Witty banter between characters and many levels of satire had the entire audience practically rolling on the ground laughing the whole time. There is truly a joke that every person in the audience could appreciate. Additionally, the actors’ command of the theatre added to this comedic element. Throughout the performance, I was engaged as I saw the actors interact with the audience, whether it was walking up and down the aisles of the theatre or having sword fights close to the front row. This made the entire audience sit on the edge of their seats, wondering who is going to appear out of nowhere or what is going to happen next.
The Three Musketeers is a show with action-packed scenes, romance and adventure. With its realistic set designs, intricate lighting details, and comedy based audience interaction, I highly recommend buying a ticket for this show. This show should be seen by one and enjoyed by all.
It’s all for one and fun for all when Alexandre Dumas’ legendary tale comes to life on the stage. When a young man arrives in Paris to join the King’s musketeers, he soon finds himself caught up in political plots, romance, and of course multiple swordfights. Robert Hupp makes his Syracuse Stage directorial debut in swashbuckling style. En garde!
Show Run Time: 2 hours, plus one 15-minute intermission
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